Microsoft Drops The Price of Popular Games for Windows Phone

Microsoft has dropped the price of three popular XBox Live games in the Marketplace for Windows Phone.  Full House Poker, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Assassin’s Creed have all seen big drops in price.

It is unclear if this are permanent price drops or temporary ones so if you are interested in these, click the links above to get them now.

Save Battery Power by Removing Live Tiles on Windows Phone [Quick Tip]

It’s the end of the day and you notice that your Windows Phone has just a sliver of battery life left according to the battery indicator.  How can you conserve that precious battery power until you get into your car or home to charge it again?  Easy, just remove some Live Tiles.

Like applications that are running in the background, Live Tiles use up power by regularly using your 3G antenna or WiFi connection to keep information in them up-to-date.  Logically this makes perfect sense as they are after all “live” tiles.  So removing some of them can help cut down on the battery consumption your phone is using in a pinch.

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How To Link Inboxes in Windows Phone Mango

One of the new features of Mango, the latest update for Windows Phone, is the ability to link inboxes together from your various mail accounts.  It is a feature that has been on other platforms for a while now, most notably Apple’s iOS, and for many was a welcome new feature with the update.  Setting up your Windows Phone to link inboxes is easy to do if you know where to look.  That’s the purpose of this How To.

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Official Twitter App for Windows Phone is now Mango Ready

Twitter has just updated their app for Windows Phone which now makes it compatible with Mango’s task switching (multitasking) functionality.  Unfortunately… that’s about it.  There is still no Live Tile support or Push update support which is a bit of a letdown honestly.  Still, the new version seems a good bit faster than the previous build but beyond that, not much has changed.

Twitter screenshot

You can update Twitter on your Windows Phone by going to Marketplace on your device or by clicking this link.

Review of RunKeep for Windows Phone

Over the course of the last two years I have on a non-stop path to health.  I’ve lost nearly 70 lbs through watching my diet, regular exercise and just generally taking better care of myself.  Part of that exercise plan has been walking.  I try to walk at least 10 miles per week along with other with other types of exercise (Dance Central on XBox anyone?).

The app I have been using to help me keep track of my walking has been RunKeeper.  I started using it when I was using an iPhone as my daily phone and now that I’ve moved back to Windows Phone, it was one of the first apps that I downloaded from Marketplace.  The app, which ties into the RunKeeper website, uses my phone’s GPS to track my walking while I’m on the go then stores the information on the RunKeeper site so I have a historical record of my walks and overall progress.  Frankly I loved this app on my iPhone and after using the app on my Windows Phone, I have to say that I like it even better.

The app, like the RunKeeper service itself, is free and provides you real time information as you walk, run, bike, hike, ski, skate, mountain bike or allows you to enter information as you work on an elliptical amongst other activities.  It is both accurate in the calorie count and distances measured, something that is a must have in this type of app.  Add that to an impressive Live Tile function and you have a winning app that will help you track your exercise and keep you motivated.

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What is The Most Important Feature for You on Your Next Windows Phone? [Site Poll]

As you might know, the circle of bloggers who write about Windows Phone – or any mobile platform for that matter – is a small and generally tight knit group.  We often have discussions behind the scenes about rumors, products, apps and other things related to the Windows Phone platform.

One of the topics of discussion over the past couple of days has been around what we want/expect/need/desire in our next Phone.  Most of us are using first generation devices such as the Samsung Focus or LG Quantum and most of us are looking at the new devices (Samsung Focus S & Focus Flash, HTC Radar & Titan and the Nokia Lumia’s) trying to determine which one we will get next.  While a consensus if far from determined, I thought I would open the question up to you and see what is important to you as you look at your next Windows Phone.

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[Update] Big PC Clearance at the Microsoft Store – Up To $700 off plus Free Shipping

 

So the headline probably says it all.  There is a huge sale going on at the Microsoft Store.  There are a wide range of PCs available at up to $700 off in some cases.  All of the PCs come to you via free shipping and all are Microsoft Certified meaning they don’t come loaded down with a bunch of trialware.  Yep, good enough for me.

How good are the discounts?  The Lenovo G560 and G570 laptops are only $299.  Yes. Big. Savings.

To get the promotions you must use the link below.

PC Clearance is now live at the Microsoft Store! Deep discounts on top PCs! Act Fast!

[Update] – Microsoft has informed me that the quantity of laptops for sale has been reached so the offers are no longer valid.  If you didn’t get in on this one, don’t worry.  With Black Friday coming next week I’m confident there will be more sales.

SuperSite for Windows Reviews The Samsung Focus Flash

Earlier this week I posted a link to Paul Thurrott’s review of the Samsung Focus S on his site, SuperSite for Windows.  Now he has reviewed the new and lesser expensive new Windows Phone from Samsung, the Focus Flash.  The Focus Flash is smaller and slightly less powerful than the Focus S but it has a fantastic price point at just $49.95 with a new 2-year contract.

I won’t steal any of his thunder but Paul points out that this Windows Phone isn’t for everyone, especially those who need a little more storage or a little more screen real estate.  But if price is a major consideration, you have to take a hard look at the Focus Flash.

Read Paul’s full review